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This video about nocturnal animals lists different animals that come out at night. Please enjoy our nocturnal animals pictures and facts! (This resource makes a great addition to a nocturnal animals kindergarten unit) Nocturnality is an animal behavior characterized by activity during the night and sleeping during the day. The common adjective is "nocturnal". Many animals, like desert animals, are nocturnal in order to escape extreme daytime heat. Special Adaptations: Nocturnal animal have special adaptations that help them survive in the dark. Many nocturnal animals, like owls, lemurs and cats, have special eyes that see well in the dark. Here are some nocturnal animal facts: Nocturnal animal species like sea turtles or seabirds visit breeding sites at night to reduce the risk of predation. This enables them to protect themselves, as well as their offspring, in the course of their lifespan. Otherwise diurnal, nocturnal animals are also most active during the twilight hours. • Nocturnal animals have highly developed senses of hearing, sight and smell, which are specially adapted to make the most of night-illumination. While some nocturnal animals have vision that is easily adapted to night and day illumination, bush babies and bats are able to remain active only at night. Many nocturnal animals have special eye cells called rods that enable them to capture light when it is dark, more than humans or other animals can in the same environment. • Since the air is still at night and scents linger in the air, it becomes easier for nocturnal animals to pick up and track scents, and find food. Their sharp hearing ability enables them to locate their prey, as the latter flee over fallen leaves and twigs. • The bodies of nocturnal animals have special adaptations to enable them to survive the dark. Nocturnal animals like lemurs have special eyes, while bats use echolocation. Echolocation refers to the bat's ability to emit a high-pitched sound which bounces off objects within range, and gives the animal information about the shape, distance, and direction of the object. • Unique features of nocturnal animals help them snag their prey easily. For example: the owl has a special feather lining on the edge of each wing that muffles sound as it swoops down on prey. A cat has heavy fur and soft foot pads that help it to sneak up on a meal, while the aardvark can actually hear and smell insects as it walks along. Not only do the nocturnal animals get to hunt and stay awake at the cooler hours of the night, but they are also exposed to less competition when they hunt in the dark. The twilight and night hours also protect these animals from predators. They are able to camouflage well at night, to find their way, hunt and flee from predators. In zoos and parks nocturnal animals are kept in special dark areas during the day, which makes them think it is night. This allows the visitors to watch them in action. Kids Stories -What is a Nocturnal animal - Science lessons for kids - To explore nocturnal creatures even more check out Check out our other videos: Count to 10 in Spanish - Christopher Columbus - ABC Alphabet Song for Kids to Learn ABCs - Nocturnal animals - Ten Little Indians Counting song - Learn to count to 10 song for kids - Thanksgiving Song - Where is Turkey? - Easy Play doh recipe - Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - Veterans Day - King Tut - Nocturnal Animals - Kids Stories - Kids educational videos - Kid friendly

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